My Personal Experience: I have two children, both breastfed. I was lucky to have several co-workers and friends, in a little town in south-western Virginia where my children were born, who had breastfed. They encouraged me to attend La Leche League meeting before my first was born. It was an eye-opening experience. While I intended to breastfeed, I didn't know anything about it - the why, the how, the details, the gotchas that come along with anything you need to learn how to do. I was lucky enough to have support help at the hospital where I delievered and a step-mother who came to "mother the mother". Breastfeeding was a wonderful experience, not without a few bumps and hurdles, but overall a part of life that I found to be integral to being a mother.
My Eduction: I have a Bachelor's Degree in History from George Mason University. La Leche League Leader accreditation in 1997. International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) certification in 2001 and recertified in 2006 and 2011.
My Professional Experience: I was accredited as a La Leche League leader in 1997 in Blacksburg, Virginia and am still an active participant in LLL meetings. As LLL leader, I facilitate mother-to-mother support groups as well as handle telephone inquiries and breastfeeding support. In 2006 I started work at Montgomery Regional Hospital providing Lactation services and education to patients and staff as an IBCLC. Since moving to Colorado in 2006, I have been working at Bosom Buddies providing out-patient lactation services to a diverse range of mothers and their nurslings. Because of my background in both the out-patient and hospital environments, I have a depth of experience and understanding that allows me to handle the newborn as well as a 3-year-old breastfeeding situation.